June 27, 2013
Paula Deen Axed By Home Depot Shortly After Wal-Mart

Paula Deen is quickly losing her partnerships with multiple companies since admitting to using the "n-word." Home Depot has now joined the group as they've also decided to cut her branded items from their kitchen and cookware category.

The popular home improvement retailer is now the fifth company to drop Deen's products all together along with The Food Network, Smithfield Foods, Ceasars Entertainment, and Wal-Mart.

Danit Marquardt, a Wal-Mart spokesperson, issued a statement on Wednesday that confirmed Wal-Mart's decision to cut ties with Deen.

"We are ending our relationship with Paula Deen Enterprises and we will not place new orders beyond those already committed,” Marquardt said about the situation. “We will work with suppliers to address existing inventories and agreements."

The 66-year-old celebrity chef has been in hot water ever since her deposition on May 17, and she's been apologizing ever since. She spent time opening up to TODAY's Matt Lauer on Wednesday to try to clear up the disturbing situation once again.

When asked if she was a racist, Paula Deen replied, "No," before adding, "I believe that … every one of God’s creatures was created equal. I believe that everyone should be treated equal, that’s the way I was raised and that’s the way I live my life."

Home Depot confirmed their decision to drop her products to NBC News, which adds to the list that is getting shorter by the minute. Later in her interview with Lauer, Deen noted that she doesn't believe her offense was fireable.

"Would I have fired me? Knowing me? No," she said. "I am so very thankful for the partners I have who believe in me."

Outside of being dropped by five of her biggest partners, others have shown their support. Seven brand partners, including Epicurean Butter and Landies Candies, have issued statements in support of Paula Deen since her fall out from The Food Network.